Statement on human trafficking

The Catholic Church views human trafficking as a grave sin and a form of modern-day slavery. The exploitation of individuals through the sale of their bodies for forced labour or sexual purposes is considered a violation of the basic human dignity of those affected and a gross injustice.

The Church calls for greater action on the part of governments, law enforcement, and individuals to combat human trafficking and provide support for its victims.

The Catholic Church also works to support certain organisations and initiatives that help prevent human trafficking and provide assistance to those who have been affected. This includes providing education and awareness-raising, offering support and rehabilitation services for victims, and advocating for greater legal protections and more effective law enforcement against those who engage in trafficking.

In short, the Church views human trafficking as a moral evil and an affront to human dignity that must be combated through a combination of prayer, advocacy, and action.

(February 1, 2023)